How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training…

I recently finished Michael Cheshire’s How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training.  
A refreshing read to say the least.  Cheshire is hilarious.  But he is also incredibly honest.  The author is obviously far less concerned with impressing the reader than he is in encouraging and equipping him or her.  As is the case with nearly every book that I come across, there are a few propositions that I would disagree with or at least shy away from (usually how he says something more than what he is actually saying).  But overall, a highly practical (and personal) resource for anyone halfway interested in planting (or who has already planted) a church.

One section I most appreciated was the portion dedicated to incarnational living.  The author proposes…

  1. Proximity without agenda. But in order to show people that we are all the same, we needed to be friends first before we could even think of talking about God (282-283).
  2. The church must attend to the community instead of asking the community to attend the church.  
  3. Build events that use the Trojan horse concept.      
Check out the book and let me know what you think!
How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training…

Draft Day Closer…


I am the first to admit that my hat tradition is quite strange (going back possibly twelve straight years)

But I love baseball.  Everything that goes with baseball.  Especially Dodger baseball.  Which makes the hat that I wear that much more special.  
This year, I decided to go with the “Draft Day Closer”.  A bit similar to last year’s choice – but with a few minor variations (a black back being one of them).  Thoughts? 
Draft Day Closer…

Hidden Order…


I closed out my recent “stay-cation” by catching up on the Brad Thor’s Scott Harveth Series.  After nearly a year after first picking up book one, I finally completed the twelfth installment (not including one spin-off) titled Hidden Order. 

Here are my rankings (to date) of Thor’s books…. 

  1. Takedown (#5)
  2. The Last Patriot (#7)
  3. The First Commandment (#6) 
  4. State of the Union (#3)
  5. The Lions of Lucerne (#1) 
  6. Black List (#11)
  7. Hidden Order (#12)
  8. Foreign Influence (#9)
  9. The Apostle (#8)
  10. Full Black (#10)
  11. Blowback (#4)
  12. Path of the Assassin (#2)
  13. The Athena Project (Athena #1)
My favorite quote was when the author opened with President John F. Kennedy who once proposed, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” 
Thor continues to explore different conspiracy theories by using uncommon enemies.  He also seems to be playing around with giving Harveth what might be considered a fairly common and comfortable home-life?  Along with that, there are subtle hints of a hero is growing older and hopging to slow down a bit.  Honestly, Hidden Order did not really bring much new to the table.  But I see this as a transitional piece to something much different.  I hope that I am right.  Regardless, Thor never disappoints as a fun and easy read. 
Now, for the first time, I anxiously await the new release (already pre-ordered, of course).  
Until then, I plan to begin a new series during my summer vacation – Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series.  I have heard Reacher even supersedes Mitch Rapp.  Any thoughts? 
Hidden Order…